Australian immigration and asylum

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Border force broke with recent convention when it sent election-day release about boat arrival
Agency’s statement, which triggered last-minute scare campaign from Liberals, prompts increasing questions about its independence

Christopher Knaus and Ben Doherty

25, May, 2022 @5:30 PM

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Refugee children handed anti-‘illegal migration’ playing cards, Australian charity says
Cards branded with Australian government’s Zero Chance logo and QR code to border force website distributed in Indonesia

Eden Gillespie

25, May, 2022 @5:30 PM

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Jim Chalmers indicates ‘substantial progress’ on returning Murugappan family to Biloela
Interim home affairs minister to discuss arrangements with PM to grant family visa and permit their return to Queensland town

Katharine Murphy Political editor

25, May, 2022 @5:15 AM

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Election day press release about asylum seeker boats ‘a disgrace’, Richard Marles says
Acting prime minister says information released by Liberal party about Sri Lankan boats being intercepted should not have been made public

Christopher Knaus and Devana Senanayake

24, May, 2022 @6:10 AM

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New Zealand woman held in Villawood detention centre found dead, detainees say
Activists say woman’s death is an example of people with serious mental health problems being detained without adequate care

Eden Gillespie

24, May, 2022 @1:05 AM

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Labor victory means Murugappan family set to return home to Biloela
After four years in immigration detention, the election would produce an all-or-nothing result for the Tamil asylum seekers

Ben Smee and Eden Gillespie

22, May, 2022 @8:33 AM

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Scott Morrison breaks own rule against commenting on ‘on-water matters’ to confirm asylum boat intercepted
PM says Australians ‘need to vote Liberal and Nationals’ so he can stop future boats, despite Labor’s identical policy on boat turnbacks

Paul Karp

21, May, 2022 @5:22 AM

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Labor would deport visa holders convicted of crimes but tweak rules to ease New Zealand tensions
The Guardian understands a Labor government would ensure decisions better take into account the time a person has been in Australia

Daniel Hurst Foreign affairs and defence correspondent

19, May, 2022 @5:30 PM

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Plibersek says Albanese has a ‘tough job’ as polls tighten – as it happened
Follow all the day’s developments live

Tory Shepherd and Amy Remeikis (earlier)

19, May, 2022 @10:19 AM

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Immigration detainees transferred from Melbourne to Christmas Island amid heated protests
Australian Border Force confirms 12 detainees, including one refugee, had visas revoked under Migration Act on character grounds

Calla Wahlquist

04, May, 2022 @7:15 AM

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Expert warned against wrist X-rays used by AFP to prosecute children as adult people smugglers
Radiologist James Christie’s court evidence said technique had no scientific validity and was never intended to assess age

Christopher Knaus

03, May, 2022 @5:30 PM

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‘A chance to prove ourselves’: Australia’s hardline deportation policy leaves no room for second chances
Mystery Sixtus was deported alone to NZ as a teenager and separated from family, one of the increasing number of non-citizens removed under the Migration Act

Tory Shepherd

30, Apr, 2022 @10:16 PM

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